Reviewer:WSC San Diego
April 7, 2020 Subject:
Roy Atwell's 1915 Broadway Hit
Improbably, this song was one of several new American songs interpolated into the Schubert Theatre production of “Alone At Last,” the Schuberts’ licensed Broadway adaptation of Franz Lehar’s 1914 Viennese operetta "Endlich Allein." Appearing in the comic role of “Count Willigard,” Atwell performed this song to great acclaim at the end of Act II.
The much-altered American version of Lehar’s operetta was panned by most “serious” critics and Broadway audiences loved it, resulting in a financial success with 180 performances (17 October 1915 to 18 March 1916). Atwell’s song was sufficiently popular to merit its own sheet music cover, in addition to the standard cover version printed as part of the operetta’s full set.
The recorded 78 rpm versions (Atwell's and others) have room for only two verses and three choruses from the song's original five of each.
April 8, 2006 Subject:
Yes, you've heard Roy Atwell before!
It't interesting to hear Roy Atwell in this 1915 recording. This is a cute little verse, which Roy recites more than sings. But Roy's greatest claim to fame would come some 24 years later, supplying the voice of Doc for Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."